Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel's Kevin Feige Discuss Iron Man 3
04.14.12 by Ryan
Marvel has a few weeks before their adaptation of The Avengers opens in theaters, but president of production Kevin Feige is already moving on to the next phase of Marvel's "Cinematic Universe," starting with Iron Man 3.
Scheduled for release in 2013, director Shane Black has already been writing the script with screenwriter Drew Pearce for the past year, and Feige admitted to Collider at the Avengers premiere that he was "very pleased" with work Black had done so far. With production set to start in "five weeks," Iron Man 3 will be the first Marvel movie released after The Avengers, Feige says the two movies will be very different.
Let’s put it this way: all of these movies and the way we make these movies and the way we lay out these movies comes from a gut instinct. The gut instinct on the next phase and phase two is to not have Iron Man 3 be a pseudo-Avengers 2 just like we didn’t want Avengers 1 to be a pseudo-Iron Man 3...
In fact, Feige says that Iron Man 3 will be more like Iron Man 1 in that it will be "a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie."
Metaphorically, we’re not going back to the cave there’s nothing like that, but we’ve always said let’s get Tony back to the cave, which is he’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall, and he’s gotta use his intelligence to get out of it. He can’t call Thor, he can’t call Cap, he can’t call Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.
Robert Downey Jr., who has called the Iron Man 3 script the "best I've read in five years," concurs with Feige, telling THR at the Avengers premiere that the sequel will take a back-to-basics approach.
There’s a little bit of a return to [Tony Stark's cockiness], I think, just for entertainment’s sake, in the Avengers, which is appropriate, but for Iron Man 3, we are going to back to the exploration of this character, which is what made the franchise work to begin with.
Iron Man 3 already has its villain, or at least one of its villains, in Ben Kingsley, who was cast earlier this week. Though Kingsley reportedly won't play The Mandarin, one of Iron Man's oldest comic book nemeses, signs are still pointing to the character making an appearance in the movie. Comic Book Movie has intercepted a casting notice that calls for "a special need for those of Chinese as well as Middle Eastern descents" to play extras in the North Carolina shoot. While that isn't exactly proof that the Mandarin is in the movie, it certainly won't quiet speculation that the character will be the sequel's big bad.